Severy opens career with win
Aspen Times Staff Writer
One race into her high school career, one victory for Aspen’s Christy Severy.
In a field of 51 racers Saturday in Delta, Severy, an Aspen High freshman, opened her varsity cross-country career by bounding away with a 39-second cushion before the 5K was through.
Followed by three other AHS runners in the top 15 ? Jenny Hamilton (seventh), Besha Deane (12th) and Dylan Braun (13th) ? the AHS girls also ran away with the team title. Hotchkiss and Montrose were second and third, with Basalt’s Alpine Christian Academy in fourth and Glenwood Springs and Rifle trailing.
Severy finished in 20 minutes, 10 seconds, ahead of March Thompson, a senior from Alpine Christian, in 20:59.
“The only thing that surprised me is that she didn’t take the lead sooner,” said Ron Lund, the Alpine Christian Academy coach who has watched Severy, and her outstanding older siblings, dominate before.
“She’s got a good career ahead of her and a good coach behind her,” Lund added, referring to AHS coach Chris Keleher, who also worked with Severy’s older brothers and sisters.
Behind Simi Hamilton’s fourth-place finish in the boys 5K, the AHS boys finished fourth. Alpine Christian senior John Tucker finished just behind in sixth in the field of about 50 racers. (Because Alpine Christian only entered two runners, Tucker and freshman Collin Stewart (10th), they did not meet the four-racer minimum to record a team score.)
On Saturday, the Aspen boys and girls will run in the Boulder Cross Country Challenge at Fairview High School, an event that hasn’t been staged in about seven years.
“It used to be pretty huge, but they haven’t done it in a while,” said Keleher, the Aspen coach. “I’m guessing it’s going to be a pretty big meet because the Fairview boys and girls are defending state champions.”
Meanwhile, Alpine Christian will race today in Palisade, then travel to Leadville Saturday for another. “It’s unusual for us, but it’s early season,” Lund said. “We’ll just use it as an extra workout to build strength for later in the season.”
At Saturday’s meet in Delta, Aspen’s Sean Braisted was 14th, followed by John Hatanaka (16th), Andrew Preusch (33rd), Weston Boyles (38th) and Frederic Clausen (40th).
For Aspen girls, Kathryn Eastley was (24th), followed by Elissa Rodman (31st), Maile Wade (24th) and Katie Roach (45th).
For the Alpine Christian girls, Deana Spracher was 10th, followed by Whitney Lund (16th), Heather Conder (41st), Stephanie Morley (43rd) and Meagan Goodwin (48th).
In the next couple weeks, Lund hopes to have enough boys eligible and healthy to record team scores.
With a decision on the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics, and potentially the 2034 Games, being made in the next year, Park City will have plenty of opportunities to remind the international sports community of its importance.
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